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1822. Excerpt: ... grasshopper, -with which it eats through, and
enlarges the opening, till it gets out. I ts body, which is turned
like a screw, takes up no more than the space of a quarter of an
inch; but when it is unfolded, it becomes half an inch in length;
while its wings, that seemed to occupy the smallest space, in two
minutes time untold, and become longer than the body. In short, it
becomes a large and beautiful fly with a long, slender body, of a
brown colour; a small head, with large bright eyes, long slender
legs, and four large transparent wings. The rest of its habits
resemble that insect whose form it bears; except that instead of
dropping its eggs in the water, it deposits thtni in sand, where
they are soon hatched into that rapacious insect so justly admired
fojr its method of catching its prey. THE SAWYER FLY, TltF. Sawyer
Fiy, so called from its faculty of sawing asunder the branches of
trees, whose substance is its food, is about three inches in
length, when full growp, and is a very singular insect. Its head
has somewhat the appearance pf that of an elephant, having a horny
bill lika Ike snout of thai animal, bi nding upwards from die under
part, with another pointing downwards from the upper part of the
head, both of a jet black, and of a fine polish. On the inner
Surface of the upper bill are raised points, like the teeth of a
saw, which are used by the insect in the same manner. Its body is
like that of a beetle, but considerably larger, with double wings,
the inner of which is like coarse gauze; and its legs are armed at
each joint with crooked sharp nails, with the same on each toe,
like a bird. The process of this insect in sawing down branches of
trees, is really admirable, but it is hardly possible to form an
idea of the manner of doing it witho..
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